Memorial of John Neumann, Bishop

First Scripture Reading
1 John 3: 11-21
Gospel Reading
John 1: 43-51

Opening Prayer

God of light, we sometimes live in darkness. The Cain in us is destructive. In this new year of grace, empower us to believe that we are born of love, reborn in Your Son. Make us children of life, who do not create the living dead by the way we demean, destroy or diminish any of your children from conception through death. Be light against that shadow side of us which acts from jealousy, and feels taller only when we shrink others. Give us the innocence and lack of guile of Nathaniel in following Jesus, so that we see the ascending and descending connections with you! Re-ignite the searching child of wonder in us.

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